Richter, Bruno

Date of birth:
November 23rd, 1914 (Bechcice-Lodz/Poland, Russian Empire)
Date of death:
June 6th, 1993 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister
Unit:
Führer, Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 24, 24. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for distinguishing himself around Lapseni-Duerini, in the context of the retreat of the 24. Infanterie-Division from its positions west of Vitebsk to Riga. In this time the Division played a key part in covering the right wing of Heeresgruppe Nord near Obol-Polozk.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister
Unit:
Kommandeur, Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 24, 24. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 8th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
On the 17.02.1945, the Füsilier-Bataillon was in position on the right wing of the 24. Infanterie-Division, south of Gubeni along the Frauenburg-Autz road, when it came under attack from the bulk of 2 enemy divisions. They captured Cenkuri and Rozeni, with only the battalion command post remaining in the hands of the battalion after bitter close combat. Richter, recognizing the importance of Rozeni, was able to retake it with only a handful of troops on the night of 18/19.02.1945.

Soon afterwards, on 20.03.1945, the enemy launched a further attack with two positions on the sector Nagaß-Dumpji-Keki-Southern swamp near Kleinas, which was held by Richter’s battalion and the Pionier-Bataillon 24. Initially Richter and his men were able to repel the enemy and destroy 4 tanks with Panzerfausts. But at the same time the enemy broke through the southern swamps SE of Kleinas and began attacking the battalion command post from the north and west. Richter was nonetheless able to hold it with what few troops were available for 7 hours. After repeated requests he also managed to strike towards the battalion command post of the Pionier-Bataillon (NW of Försterei Verotaji) in close combat. By this latter move he prevented the encirclement of the command post as well as the opening of the road towards the train station at Blidine to the enemy.

Richter’s actions here also enabled the building of a new defense line towards the NW, thus checking the enemy’s intent to thrust through the seam of the Korps towards the north. In recognition of his contributions to the defense during this time Richter would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
825th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 20th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Rittmeister
Unit:
Divisions-Füsilier-Bataillon 24, 24. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1945
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS

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